Italian Brown Bear Killed In Accident With Car

Italian Daily News, Bear Hunting Magazine

An Apennine brown bear, one of the most threatened subspecies of brown bear, was killed in an accident with a car on the motorway between Rome and Aquila in Abruzzo, Italy. The young male bruin weighed approximately 90 kilos (just under 200 pounds). It was on the autostrada when it was hit. The driver was not injured, but the car was badly damaged in the accident.

Experts from the area believe the bear had wondered from its normal habitat in search of a mate after coming out of its winter den or was out staking new territory.

It is estimated that there are less than 50 of these brown bears living in the national park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise.

One of the protective measures now under consideration is to survey the road network in the national park. Suggestions include lowering the speed of vehicles, installing devices to discourage animals from crossing roads and building underpasses.

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